At the end of January, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) announced that mandatory five-year electrical installation checks on private rented housing in England will be introduced in a phased approach.

Whilst they are yet to confirm the date that this will come into force, the Ministry has advised that it will look to introduce as soon as possible, parliamentary process will inevitably take time.

Both letting agents and landlords are said to be given at least six months to get to grips with the legislation before it is implemented.

This will be rolled out over a two year period, the first year impacting all new private tenancies, with existing tenancies introduced in the second year.

Properties that already have a valid electrical installation condition report (EICR) will not need to replace it until five years have passed since the date of issue.

We will be required to ensure that any inspectors hired to issue an EICR for our rental properties hold the correct qualifications and are competent to carry out the inspection.

This step will be a positive introduction for tenants, ensuring quality and safety of fittings, something we encourage our landlords to consider already.

We look forward to providing further details once the Government confirms.

Should you have any concerns or questions regarding up-to-date legislation affecting private rental landlords, we will be happy to assist. Contact our Lettings Department on 01252 514000, lettings@mackenziesmith.co.uk.